“Never take no for an answer.”

Madeleine Jacobs

Madeleine Jacobs

Madeleine Jacobs, executive director and CEO of the American Chemical Society, tells the story of how she got her first job at Chemical & Engineering News ... by walking right in and asking for it. 

Jacobs received a B.S. in chemistry and an honorary doctor of science from George Washington University. She has been executive director and CEO of ACS since January 2004. She served as managing editor and editor-in-chief of Chemical & Engineering News from 1993 to 2003. She worked for Chemical & Engineering News from 1969 to 1972, and then had a 21-year career in science writing, journalism, and public affairs. Jacobs serves on the board of directors of several not-for-profit scientific organizations and speaks frequently on the public understanding of science, gender equity in the sciences, and employment issues.

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Catalyst Series: Women in Chemistry

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Follow the adventures of eight leading women in chemistry and celebrate their life-changing, chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science.